Based on interviews with and reports from New Zealand and overseas engineers and researchers, From Smoke to Mirrors lays out a practical plan for developing a fully renewable supply of petrol, diesel, and jet fuel in New Zealand.It is based on solid, well-known technology, not airy-fairy things that might get invented sometime in the future. This is a book that everyone can read. It looks at the strengths and weaknesses of all the alternatives. It shows why simple, proven solutions are most likely to work. It also looks at technologies that will be important in other countries, and shows why they will not be appropriate for New Zealand.New Zealand scientists showed how New Zealand could replace fossil liquid fuels with indigenous renewable energy way back in the 1970s. The technology wasnt ready back then—but now it’s on the brink of practical reality.The fastest and most economic way to eliminate imported fuel is develop a home-grown industry, so that New Zealand can make its own renewable petrol and diesel.The best news is that the inflation-adjusted cost of road transport in 2040 should be no more expensive than it is today.